18 September 1998

Campaign will suffer

ANIMAL welfare groups fear the campaign against live exports has been set back years after a rock dropped from a bridge left a lorry driver critically-ill in hospital.

Father-of-two Steven Granger was seriously hurt on Monday night when a rock thrown from a bridge over the A2 in Kent smashed through the windscreen of his lorry. The vehicle plunged down an embankment into a field.

Police believe the rock was aimed at livestock trucks taking animals to the Farmers Ferry ship in Dover harbour. Mr Granger had no connection with the live-export trade and his lorry was travelling in the opposite direction.

Animal welfare groups described the incident as sickening. The campaign to have live exports banned would undoubtedly suffer as a result, they said. &#42